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Got Wisdom?

Do you, without looking it up all sneaky like. Know what the word wisdom means?

Does being wise mean the same thing as being smart or having knowledge? Am I wise if I am a smart guy that picks up on concepts quickly? Am I wise if I just know a lot of stuff, for example I know a good amount of computer related stuff, does that make me wise?

If you did look it up then you get this as a result.

wis·dom

noun

  1. the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.

  1. the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Now that might of gone over your head. So let me make this simple;

Wisdom is knowledge and experience in action in such away that it glorifies God.

Simple right? Now why do I say it that way? Let me break it down a little, If I have a whole lot of knowledge but don’t do anything with that knowledge or if I am really smart but decide not to use my God given smarts and just coast through things with no effort then I am being wasteful of my gifts and not beneficial to anyone. It would be foolish behavior. Wisdom is taking what we have, in terms of knowledge and smarts and…actually using it. Taking what we know and acting on it.

Let us consider a really smart criminal. Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes, he was really smart. Moriarty has knowledge of how things work but he takes that knowledge and applies it to the act of stealing other peoples money without getting caught. Maybe he takes 1 cent per day out of 1 million accounts, no one is going to notice such a small transaction but it adds up to a decent amount. Would that be wise? No. Because he would be sinning and displeasing God. Wisdom is not the same thing as merely gaining knowledge or being intelligent. Proverbs 3:7 actually speaks against the type of wisdom that is focused on intellect;

“Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”

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Just Quote’n – Expositor’s Bible Commentary

The below is in consideration of Proverbs 21:17

It is the desire of pleasure which is at the root of the mischief: “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man.” Men are “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” The appetites which are natural to us hold undisputed sway, they are fleshly; the great spiritual appetites, which are supernatural, are quite feeble and inoperative. Men ask for that which is pleasant, and even when they become religious it is only to obtain pleasure, a greater and a more lasting pleasure; thus there is an intemperance, which we call fanaticism, even in religious beliefs and in religious practices. But what men need is that the desire of God, for His own sake, should be so inflamed in them as to burn up all other desires. And this desire can only be created by His Holy Spirit. The competing and manifold desires of pleasure can only be mastered and expelled when that great, absorbing, and embracing desire of God has been securely settled in the human heart by the Holy Spirit. – Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Just Quote’n – Matthew Henry

There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom.

– Matthew Henry on Proverbs 3:7

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